German Course Descriptions

 LOWER DIVISION (100-200 level) 

GER 101                  Elementary German I
Fundamental grammatical principles; exercises to develop a foundation for skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing; introduction to German culture. Closed to native speakers.

Typically Offered: Fall & Spring

 

GER 102                  Elementary German II
Continuation of GER 101. Building upon fundamental grammatical principles; exercises to develop a foundation for skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing; introduction to German culture. Closed to native speakers.

Prerequisite: GER 101 or equivalent; Typically Offered: Fall & Spring

 

GER 201                  Intermediate German I
Continuation of GER 102, with special emphasis on essay writing.

Prerequisite: GER 102 or equivalent. 

 

GER 202                  Intermediate German II
Integrated grammar, writing, and conversation via content-based instruction. Diverse selection of readings: stories, plays, essays, interviews, other materials. Development of skills in a workshop format.

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring & Summer.


 UPPER DIVSION (300-500 level)

GER 301                  German Expressionism: Art, Film, Literature
Tools for the interpretation and analysis of literary and cultural materials from the German-speaking world. Acquisition of terminology and theories through the study of the main literary genres (prose, poetry, and drama) and a complementary genre of cultural analysis (e.g., film studies, cultural studies, etc.). Emphasis on critical writing skills.

Prerequisite: GER 202; Typically Offered: Fall, Spring & Summer.

 

GER 302                  The Cultures of the German-Speaking World
Historical survey of cultures in areas of the world where German is spoken: arts, letters, science, political and social institutions. Conducted in German. Collateral readings and reports.

Prerequisite: GER 202 or equivalent; Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

 

 GER 310                  German Studies in Translation
Topics in German literature, philosophy, history, etc. Readings and discussion in English. Development of critical reading and writing skills. Fulfills humanities literature requirement. Writing credit. Does not fulfill foreign language requirement. May not be used for German minor credit.

Prerequisite: ENG 106 or equivalent; Typically Offered: Spring.

 

GER 321                  Special Topics in German Studies
Intensive study of a special topic. May be repeated for credit when topic varies. May be used to fulfill the humanities literature requirement. Writing credit.

Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

 

GER 365                  Twentieth-Century German Studies
The second empire and the third Reich, the Weimar Republic, and the two Germanies. Examination of the arts, sciences, letters, and political and social institutions of twentieth-century Germanophone areas. May be used to fulfill the humanities literature requirement. Writing credit.

Prerequisite: GER 301 or equivalent; Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

 

GER 370                  The Holocaust in History, Film, and Memorial Culture
The course examines the representation of the Holocaust in historiography, film , and memorial culture. Readings will include texts by historians and writers such as Primo Levi, Raul Hilberg, Daniel Goldhagen, James Young and others; films will include, among others, Alain Resnais's NIGHT AND FOG, Claude Lanzmann's SHOAH, and Steven Spielberg's SCHINDLER'S LIST. Reading-and writing-intensive course with reading and discussions in English. In addition to daily/weekly homework assignments, an in-class midterm exam and a final, cumulative take-home exam, students will also complete an extended analytical term paper. Students will also be required to watch films outside of regularly scheduled class hours.

Requisite: Sophomore Standing; Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

 

GER 394                  Internship
The internship is intended to provide the student with an opportunity to apply analytical, interpretive, expressive, and creative skills developed in coursework. Internships ordinarily take place outside the University. They involve UM-faculty supervision as well as supervised on-site experience in an German-speaking cultural, business, or not-for-profit organization. Student needs to fill out the internship application form. Normally 40 internship hours are required per credit earned (the host will supply documentary evidence of hours worked).

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring & Summer.

 

GER 395                 Transfer Credits
Awarded for course work at another institution for which UM has no direct equivalent.

 

GER 396                  Transfer Credits
Awarded for course work at another institution for which UM has no direct equivalent.

 

GER 397                  Transfer Credits
Awarded for course work at another institution for which UM has no direct equivalent.

 

GER 398                  Transfer Credits.
Awarded for course work at another institution for which UM has no direct equivalent.

 

GER 399                  Transfer Credits
Awarded for course work at another institution for which UM has no direct equivalent.

 

GER 400                 Advanced German Conversation: Contemporary German Politics & Society
This advanced German conversation course provides students with the opportunity to expand and strengthen their oral proficiency and listening comprehension in German through a systematic exploration and guided discussions of current issues in contemporary German politics and society.

Typically Offered: Fall.

 

GER 442                 Advanced Stylistics and Composition
Analysis of grammar and style. Discussion of readings. Intensive writing. Writing credit.

Typically Offered: Spring.

 

GER 592                 Directed Readings

Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

 

GER 594                  Senior Honors Thesis I
Directed research for honors thesis.

Typically Offered: Fall & Spring.

 

GER 595                 Senior Honors Thesis II
Directed writing of honors thesis.

Typically Offered: Fall & Spring.